Public has say on bus service

by Mike Isle

The call by Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council for public feedback on two proposed bus trial services between Leeston and Christchurch and Darfield and Christchurch has drawn 200 submissions from Leeston and 189 from Darfield.

Environment Canterbury senior manager public transport Stewart Gibbon said the councils needed to know if the community agreed there is a need for a daily commuter service.

Mr Gibbon said Environment Canterbury and Selwyn District Council were looking for input from the community as to whether they would use such a service, as well as the times and pick up/drop off locations for the trial services that would best meet their needs. Selwyn District Council asset manager transportation Andrew Mazey said, “We understand these are growing communities and there is a need for improved connectivity to Christchurch for those living in Darfield and Leeston that doesn’t just rely on using private motor vehicles. These routes will provide a number of people an alternative way to connect to Christchurch for a range of purposes like education, health services and employment.”

The proposal is that the Leeston service would go to central Christchurch via Doyleston, Irwell and Springston. The Darfield service would go via Kirwee and West Melton to the city.

An Environment Canterbury spokesperson said its public transport team was reviewing and analysing the submissions from Leeston and Darfield.

They expected to have more details available by mid-January.

The trial services are intended to start from January 2019 for a six-month trial period.